Orzo with Basil and Parmesan

5 Jun

I. Love. Fresh. Basil. I put it in everything I can and what better way to have this versatile herb shine through than a simple Orzo pasta dish. This dish is quite easy and takes about a half an hour from prep to table. A great weeknight meal for anyone short on time or who doesn’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen.

Orzo with Basil and Parmesan (Adapted from allrecipes.com)

  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped Shallot
  • 1 minced Garlic Clove
  • 1 Cup uncooked Orzo
  • 4 Cups chicken broth (use Vegetable broth for Vegetarian dish)
  • 1/4 Cup dry white wine
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes liquid discarded or 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 – 1/3 Cup Basil chopped chiffonade style – reserve some for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Preparation
Total Prep Time: 30min
Serves: 4
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Saute shallots and garlic until fragrant. Stir in Orzo and saute until lightly browned. Add white wine and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add chicken broth, cover and cook until Orzo is slightly past al dente and most or all of the liquid is absorbed. If it looks like the Orzo needs more broth feel free to add more 1/4 cup at a time.
When Orzo is cooked remove from heat and stir in Parmesan and Basil. Garnish with reserved Basil and serve immediately (with some good crusty bread if desired).
Enjoy!
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2 Responses to “Orzo with Basil and Parmesan”

  1. Alli Rosch August 9, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Lindsay,

    This is ADORABLE! So glad you were able to make it to the shower. We share some loves…fresh basil AND goat cheese are probably two of my favorite things as well!! I’m definitely going to have to try out some of these fabulous looking recipes on Brandon. Probably going to start with the fig and goat cheese pizza. Take care!!

    Alli

    • simplysalted August 19, 2011 at 1:14 am #

      It was great seeing you at your shower as well! Thanks so much for checking out SimplySalted! I can tell there will definitely be more recipes involving goat cheese and basil…

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